Many suspected that Whitney Houston's untimely death on February 11 was caused by her years of drug abuse. Now, we can confirm that was the case. The Los Angeles county coroner released the official causes of the 48-year-old's death on Thursday, revealing that she died of drowning and "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."
The "I Will Always Love You" singer was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room before Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party. Her sister, Pat Houston, recalled seeing the iconic singer just minutes after she died.
"Mary's at the door and she's screaming, 'Oh my God!' I told her to calm down without even seeing anything. When I got into the room, I saw Gary trying to revive her to the point of exhaustion," Pat told Oprah in her first interview after the death of her sister. She also denied that her death had anything to do with drugs.
"High? Absolutely not… Leading up to it [her death] I would say no," she said. Sadly, it looks like Houston never quite kicked her drug habit after years of admitted drug use. The Bodyguard star openly talked about her addiction during a 2009 interview with the queen of talk.
"Cocaine. And marijuana. That's it," she said of her drug use with ex-husband Bobby Brown. "We were lacing our marijuana with base. We weren't on crack. We weren't on no crack stuff. We weren't buying $20 jumbos. We were paying money. We were buying kilos and ounces and ounces. We would have our stash."
It's so sad, but not surprising, that Houston died as she lived — and hopefully daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown won't go down the same path. The 19-year-old has already been in rehab for substance abuse problems, but takes comfort in the memory of her mother.
"I've got to carry on her legacy," she told Oprah.
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